Why science is fun

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Why science is fun


This is a transcript of a QuickTime movie (6.0 MB) recorded at Shark Bay in 2005. Adrian Brown, from the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, talks about why science is fun.

Transcript:

In my early days of just being a uni student that for me I did long for a time when I would be in control of the experiment and where I was not just reading the experiment out of the book, and cooking on a bunsen burner and doing that sort of thing, but it was me making up the experiment. It was my experiment and I was going to describe the results to the world. And I think when you start to take control of those things yourself, when you are given freedom to go out and conduct your own experiments, be responsible for the results it does start to be a lot more fun and it’s not just following a cooking recipe, but it’s really writing the recipe book yourself for the advancement of science. And yes I think there’s also a lot more fun to be had by scientists when they are out in the field. Everybody wants to have a good time out in the field because this is the place where you collect your most important results. So if you do have any sort of feelings of trepidation about going out into the field, then I think you are really handicapping your science as well. So geologists in particular have captured this in a sense by always making every campsite a sort of fun site and it’s an area where all sorts of ideas can be discussed, but not just that. All sorts of stories can be told, songs can be sung, and generally just enjoying yourself because you want to feel like you want to come back out and do this all again. It’s not a holiday, but at the same time you don’t want to make it a chore.

Contents


Introduction

Context

Early Life

Evidence

Acknowledgements

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